Thursday, August 26, 2010

My New Happy Place!

My sewing machine has never had a 'spot'. It was mostly stored on top of the piano, which didn't look very good.
Our computer room was always messy, as you can see in this post.
Now that we have a lap top instead of a desk top, that room didn't need to be designated for a computer anymore.
So now it turned into this:

I have lots of storage for my stash

My books and magazines...

...and I have a real scrap bin!!

Sigh...I love Ikea!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Some New Fabrics and a New Addiction

We returned safely from a great holiday in the beautiful Okanagan in BC. The weather was perfect. A few hot days, a few cooler days, and even a couple of rainy days.
I suppose a rainy day is the perfect excuse to visit the local quilt store...
I have never been to a different quilt store than the one in our town, so I was excited to see what was out there.
There was a cute little quilt store in Armstrong BC. I was looking for some fabric for Benjamin. He has been waiting for me to make him a little blanket. His 'baby-blankie' fell apart last year, and I told him I would make him a nice new blanket, but then the old (yucky) one, will have to be put away in a box.
He really wanted a construction fabric in his blanket, but the one that I found in flannel didn't look very nice. It looked great in cotton, but the fuzziness of the flannel just didn't work.
I ended up buying some very boy-ish (motor)-cycle fabric along with some coordinating prints.

Not sure exactly what I am going to do with it, but it will likely be my next project.
While standing in line to pay I saw a Jelly Roll of Frolic by Sandy Gervais. It was 33% off, and I just couldn't leave without it...

I needed a project for the holidays, and (very last minute) put together a little hexagon package to take along.

I am SO GLAD that I did. I have had so much fun with this! I worked on it in the car, on the beach, and by the swimming pool, and every spare minute at the cabin. I have used all of my scrap prints though, and don't really want to use any unused pieces of fabric for this. I would hate to be short a small piece for a project only to find out that I used it for my hexies!

This is definitely a fun project that I want to keep handy. Perfect for bringing along when getting together for coffee or a craft night!
Now to work on getting some more scraps...

We returned home with the van full of fruits. I had a big case of apricots that needed to be turned in to jam the very next day. It worked really well!
The day after that, I got together with two friends to turn 75 lbs of peaches into canned peaches. It was a lot of fun, and the nine kids that were there all day behaved just great!

That same evening I checked the mailbox, and I found a package from Sew Mama Sew! I had won their giveaway, and they sent me these beautiful fabrics! The funnest part is that most of these fabrics I probably wouldn't ever buy myself, but I love them!
Especially the brown 1 inch gingham. I think it might be my favourite...